Over the weekend, Sandy Alderson met with Luis Castillo in the Dominican Republic, and Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan while in Puerto Rico.
I would have loved to be a fly in the room when he got some alone time with these guys. I wonder what if any questions were broached?
Was Luis Castillo told that the team will be aggressively trying to move him this winter? Or that they intend to keep him, but only in a reserve role?
Was Carlos Beltran formerly asked to waive his no-trade clause to help facilitate a trade this offseason? Would a contract extension be a requirement to waiving the no-trade clause? Or was he given a big vote of confidence that the Mets fully intend to keep him and even give him an opportunity to claim and hold onto the centerfield job this Spring?
What about Jose Reyes? Was the possibility of a 4-5 year contract extension discussed that would keep Reyes from becoming a free agent after next season? Or did they agree to shelve any negotiations until further down the road or at the end of next season? Did Reyes ask if there was any chance the Mets might trade him if the team underperformed again by mid season?
I’d bet the conversation with Angel Pagan was probably the easiest and most cordial. With Pagan entering arbitration this offseason, was the foundation of a potential multi year deal discussed? Did the conversation shift to whether he would enter the season as an everyday centerfielder or an everyday rightfielder?
Certainly most if not all of these questions are on the minds of the players and the team, and both sides know it. In the cases of Beltran and Castillo, I don’t see how they could have avoided the 400 lb. gorilla in the room.
It would seem difficult to spend a significant amount of time with these players and avoid having any dialog with them about the rumors and opinions that they read and see in the papers and on the web daily.
The special trip he made to visit Luis Castillo I found to be the most curious. Knowing fully well where Castillo stands with the fanbase, that had to be an interesting conversation to say the least.
With that, I’ll sign off, but not before passing on my condolences to Sandy Alderson and his family. I was deeply saddened by the tragic news of his father’s pasing.